On another beautifully sunny, but very warm day, it was Fiskerton 2nds turn to finally play a game at home and with the pitch looking fantastic we were all very confident. With the first home game came the first toss won and I cannot tell you the pleasure I had of electing to bat first and retiring to the shade of the score box! With usual opener Kev Osbon delayed eating birthday cake and being embarresed at water polo by his children, Jim Scott was paired with Kev Smith to open the batting and what a show these 2 put on, abley led by the flashing blade of Scott. It was not until the 27th over and with the partnership already totalling 157 that the first wicket fell, Kev Smith popping the ball back to the bowler for 29. Dave Foulkes strode out to the middle and instantly began scoring with his first scoring shot a beautiful 4. Scott finally fell, edging the ball to the keeper for 115, an innings which included 22 fours ( a well crafted warm weather innings, why run eh Jim?) Glenn Formoy joined Foulkey at the crease, and seemed to have different ideas to Jim as Glenn began to run singles, 2's and even forcing Dave into running a three much to his disgust. Glenn finally fell for 25, and much to the relief of Dave he was now joined by Kev Osbon who at this point was still full of cake but buzzing on a sugar rush!! This partnership was short and sharp as Kev was run out for 5 with 2 balls remaining, Akers had the task of getting as many as he could off 2 balls! Anyway with Akers finishing on 0 not out and now having very loose arms after 2 big air shots and Dave Foulkes unbeaten on a fantastic 44 not out, Fiskerton had posted a mind blowing 247 / 4 off 40 overs.
After a wonderful tea, made by the delightfully beautiful Becca Aldred ( I am obliged to mention it lads for the sake of my life!!!) Fisko took to the still sun baked field and the ball was once again thrown to the clubs leading wicket taker Phil ' The Destroyer ' Zdanowski who looked like he had their opener with only his 4th ball, only to find that Kev still had crumbs in his eyes and it was dropped!! Phil eventually got his man removing him for just 1 run, with Kev this time taking a great catch on the leg side after a deft flick from the batsman. Rob Turner was supporting Z on the other end but not quite with the conviction, as runs were being scored freely to begin with until Turner got his man, the other opener for 21 runs, another great catch from Akers at backward square!
Phil Z continued to bowl well and picked up another wicket in his first spell of 7 overs. Scott replaced Turner ( 6 - 1 - 23 - 1) and young Kyle Barker replaced Z and with the pace taken off the ball, Lambley began to struggle to score runs. Jim Scott finished with figure of 5 - 2 - 14 - 0, but on the other end Barker was causing all sorts of problems for the batsmen, and had it not been for another dropped catch from Turner (7 in a row now), Kyle would have had his first wicket in mens Sunday cricket early on. It wasn't long in coming though, Barker finally getting the ilusive wicket from a thin edge through to Osbon ( his 3rd of the day!!!!), soon followed by his 2nd and 3rd wicket both bowled to finish his spell with figures of 10 - 0 - 35 - 3. Having decided that the win was almost safe, it was decided to give others a chance to bowl and first up was Ed Akers, who started well, a maiden off his 1st over, 5 runs coming off his 2nd over, but then a leaf was well and truly on the track and the train came off the Network Rail express as Ed was despatched for 25 runs, allowing a number 7 batsmen to hit his first ever mens 50, off his 3rd over, finishing with figures of 3 - 1 - 30 - 0. Glenn Formoy (6 - 0 - 26 - 0) was next to have a go and did decidely better, and was unlucky not to get a wicket or 2, with the ball being in the air on a couple of occasions.
Z was back on the other end, and picked up his 3rd and Fisko's final wicket of the afternoon, finishing with very respectable figures of 10 - 1 - 30 - 3, meaning Fisko won by 87 runs to gain a valuable 4 points.
With many candidates for MOTM, including Dave Foulkes for a wonderful batting display, Kyle Barker with a calm, well thought out bowling display and Phil Z for again putting in a solid performance it proved a difficult decision, but for his purely entertaining innings and for setting the ball well and truly rolling I have to give it to Jim Scott!!
Well Done Lads, a fantastic all round team performance!!